Flame Resistant Clothing

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To ensure the safety and health of works, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) monitors guidelines and enforces occupational health and safety rules. In early 2010, they established new regulations requiring flame-resistant (FR) clothing for industries in which flash fire and electric arc flash hazards are or may exist.

Any personnel working near any stage of petroleum or natural gas production can present a risk for arc flashes or flash fires. Personnel working close to threats associated with an arc flash should take necessary precautions to shield themselves.

Arc-rated (AR) flame-resistant clothing should always be worn to ensure the safety of you and your team. Although AR clothing will not sustain combustion, it will provide the wearer insulation from the powerful heat of an arc flash up to the arc rating. The arc rating is the amount of energy the fabric can block to prevent the wearer from receiving second-degree burns. Wearing flame-resistant clothing that has an arc rating equivalent to or higher than the plausible incident energy is essential to avoid such burns.

It’s for this reason that both U.S. and Canadian safety organizations require the use of FRC when working in dangerous conditions.

For businesses, flame-resistant clothing is an investment in safety — and safety is an investment in your business. When your employees have the protection they need, they can work more productively and with less downtime. Additionally, FRC helps you reduce your liability and mitigate the risk of an accident that can have far-reaching consequences for your finances and your reputation.

What to Consider When Buying FR Clothing Online

When buying FR clothing, you need to know you are purchasing a quality product that offers genuine protection. Any purchase should meet the relevant regulatory standards.

The majority of recognized FR clothing brands are made to sustain their flame resistance for the lifetime of the garment. However, some brands may only use a chemical application process to treat the fabric which makes them FR. As the wear of the garment continues, the FR properties on treated FR fabric can begin to degrade, thus becoming less protective as the wear of the garment continues.

When it comes to FR clothing, there are many aspects that must be inspected closely before an appropriate purchase decision can be made, including their compliance with relevant safety standards.

For electrical technicians, that standard is ASTM F1506-98. For manufacturing environments, it’s NFPA 2112. ASTM F1959 is another standard that deals with flame-resistant fabrics, while ASTM F1891-98 relates specifically to FR rainwear. Ultimately, the specifics of your operation will determine the relevant guidelines. If you’re at all concerned about choosing the right product, contact a D.E. Gemmill Inc. representative directly.

Of course, FR clothing should do more than just meet your compliance obligations. A good product will also be comfortable and easy to work in as well as highly visible, durable and shrink-resistant. D.E. Gemmill Inc. only carries FR clothing by leading manufacturer-partners including:

  • Rasco FR: Rasco FR includes hooded jackets, insulated coats and other outerwear as well as shirts, sweatshirts, overalls and more. Precisely designed, these garments shield workers from the injuries associated with electric arc flashes and flash fires. Provided users follow the clothing care instructions, Rasco FR garments are guaranteed to be flame-resistant for the lifetime of the item.
  • Portwest (BizFlame): Available worldwide, BizFlame is an anti-static, lightweight cotton rich and flame-resistant fabric that is engineered for extreme performance comfort and strength. Workers in hundreds of companies throughout the oil, gas, mining and other related industries frequently utilize this advanced fabric.
  • National Safety Apparel: National Safety Apparel or NSA is a manufacturer of high quality FR safety clothing, thermal PPE, electrical PPE, cut-resistant, high vis clothing and rainwear — proudly made in the USA since 1935. OSHA and NFPA 70E require head protection for employees conducting work where possible arc flash hazard exists.

Explore our full inventory of FR products using the links on this page.

Why Buy FR Clothing From D.E. Gemmill Inc.?

D.E. Gemmill Inc. is a longstanding supplier of FR clothing for customers in a range of industries. We offer fast and reliable shipping across the country as well as a satisfaction guarantee and generous return/exchange policy. Our knowledgeable staff can help determine what you or your company might need to ensure you are adhering to current regulations.

We are proud to offer unmatched workwear at an affordable price for men and women, and we look forward to serving you and your company’s needs. If you’re in the York, PA, area, stop by our retail store to try on any product in our inventory or to get assistance from one of our knowledgeable sales team members.

Don’t have time to come out and see our retail location? Rest assured, because our mobile safety division, Safety on Site (SOS) can bring safety apparel, FR apparel, personal safety equipment and traffic control products right to your door or jobsite within a 150 miles radius.

We tailor our S.O.S. stock to meet your company’s unique needs and working environment. We can serve your construction sites and industrial warehouses, as well as fire, EMS or police stations, while giving your employees the opportunity the purchase all their safety, FR and traffic control needs directly on your site.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? We can fulfill custom requests for clients with unique safety requirements or other considerations. Call us today or place your order through our online store.


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D.E. Gemmill Inc. is your source online for safety apparel and traffic control products. Our online safety store is here to equip your team for the job.  Since 1986, safety has been our main priority. We understand the need for high-quality equipment that is priced to fit your budget and clothing that’s tough enough for demanding jobs.



Safety Apparel and High-Visibility Clothing

Safety apparel is a broad category of products that includes flame-resistant clothing, protective eyewear, hard hats, protective footwear and more. In a busy work environment where hazards are present, safety apparel is critical to preventing injury. Without it, a minor incident can quickly turn serious and lead to accidents with far-reaching consequences for both workers and employers.

D.E. Gemmill carries:


If you’re unsure what construction safety clothing and gear to buy in our store online, consider:

  • Safety standards. If your jobsite requires specialized apparel because there are moving vehicles or other heavy equipment, safety apparel can help your workers stay aware of one another.
  • Fit. Ensure your workers dress appropriately by supplying them with safety apparel that fits properly.
  • Color requirements. Neon colors help those on and off your jobsite be aware of your workers, whether on the highway or in a construction zone. Bright colors save lives.

If your business needs to order bulk quantities of safety apparel or you need to outfit your workers with more than one piece of clothing, get in touch with us. We can customize and deliver your safety apparel in the sizes and styles you need. And if you’re within 150 miles of our York, PA retail location, we can come to you with our Mobile Safety on Site (S.O.S.) truck.

The Mobile S.O.S. truck makes it possible for your workers to choose their own safety apparel. Talk to us ahead of time, and we can quickly stock the S.O.S. with all of the sizes, styles and colors your workers need to stay safe on the job.


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Traffic Control Products

Traffic control products for sale at D.E. Gemmill Inc. include light bars, flares, wands, warning lights, temporary traffic control signs, sign stands and more. These and related products help roadwork crews do their jobs safely and efficiently.

Investing in reliable equipment not only helps avoid accidents. It also improves employee morale and productivity while keeping traffic flowing smoothly. Search our online store for products such as:


D.E. Gemmill has experts ready to help you choose the right products. As experienced contractors, we don’t just sell safety equipment — we use it ourselves every day. So, if you’re not sure what to order, just ask! We can review your job requirements and help you choose the traffic gear that’s right for you.

Fall Protection Equipment

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Ensure your jobsite and workers comply with OSHA regulations and prevent unnecessary injury with our fall systems, designed to keep your workplace as safe as possible. If you work in roofing, construction, utilities or another industry that requires working at heights, it’s in your best interest to use the fall protection gear that will protect you, your workers and your business.

At D.E. Gemmill, we carry:

  • Full-body harnesses
  • Lanyards
  • Carabiners
  • Snap hooks
  • Prevention barriers and other OSHA-compliant fall protection equipment

If you don’t see the work zone traffic control products you need at our online store, stop by our York, PA retail location. We’re conveniently located for customers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Virginia. You or your workers can come in, view our selection and try on the equipment that will make your jobsite safer and OSHA compliant.

Follow the links on the left to browse the main sections of our online catalog. You can also contact our office directly for assistance. Alternately, if you’re in the Central PA area, visit our safety store retail showroom in York for a more hands-on experience.


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There are several considerations that will impact your choice of safety apparel and traffic control products. The first is the condition of your job site. Will workers be exposed to heat, flames or electricity? Will they be working outside or among moving vehicles? Will they be required to go into confined spaces or areas where visibility is poor? What about corrosive liquids and chemical fumes?

Ultimately, you know your business better than anyone and can determine which products are necessary to ensure a safe working environment. At D.E. Gemmill, our safety apparel is rated Class 2 or Class 3, so you can be sure to get the clothing that’s appropriate for your job site’s specific hazards.

When buying traffic control products or safety apparel, you also need to know you’re getting the best value for your money. Choosing a durable product that will deliver on its promises requires doing your research ahead of time and working with an experienced supplier. D.E. Gemmill Inc. carries items by leading brands such as Rasco FR, ML Kishigo, Ariat, GSS, Aervoe and others — manufacturers whose products we know and trust. Get in touch with a representative for help choosing the best items for your needs.


For over 34 years, D.E. Gemmill has built a reputation for providing outstanding products and services to businesses in the construction and paving industry. We’re contractors, too, so we understand the products you need to get your job done safely.

Expert advice is only one part of what sets D.E. Gemmill Inc. apart from other traffic control and safety apparel suppliers. We also offer fast, reliable shipping to customers across the country as well as an exclusive return policy that guarantees your satisfaction. We carefully select all items on our online store to ensure they meet the high demands of our clientele. As a result, it’s easy to shop online with confidence.

If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, our team can either recommend an alternative or source it from one of our partners. For years, we have specialized in helping businesses with unique safety requirements find the apparel and other solutions they require.

At D.E. Gemmill, your safety is our business. For more information about our products or to purchase online, contact us today. If you are in the Central PA area you can visit our safety apparel store near you today!

Tim Sullivan
Tim Sullivan
Large selection and staff was amazingly helpful. Highly recommend!!!